Considering Purchasing an E-Reader?
If you are in the market for an E-Reader and ready to take the plunge and purchase, here are some ideas and features to consider prior to sliding your credit card:
- Battery Life: this is a big issue. Some devices (eg: Nook Color) only give you several hours of continuous play, while others (eg: Amazon Kindle can provide weeks of ongoing reading and viewing pleasure)—depending upon your wireless usage agreement and availability—of course!
- Storage Capacity: this is another ‘big issue’ to consider. Some readers have lots of internal memory built in and others require you to use and purchase additional SD Card(s). So do your homework!
- Wireless Access and Availability: you need to have a steady mind on this one. You will need to consult with your wireless provider. Find out what the costs and accessibility plans are both available and/or already on your current use plan. From there, you can begin to make your assessment
- File Format Supported: getting overwhelmed yet? Stay steady! The ‘file format’ is Geek-Speak for ‘can you access and use certain kinds of files’. Each device is different and has differing capabilities. You need to know what kind of file(s) your top-choice device can work with and how (if necessary) you will have to convert other types of files. This is a very important factor in your device decision. So do your homework and check it twice!
- Price: it always comes down to money seemingly. E-Readers have lots of different functions and corresponding price points. You really need a device that has multi-media functionality. That is a fancy way of saying, “You will want to both read and watch stuff!”
Wow! So much to consider and so many options. E-Readers are becoming the rage in the marketplace. Seems like soon all paper products will become obsolete. So join the revolution and here are some strong devices that you should be noodling:
- Amazon Kindle
- Barnes and Noble Nook Color
- Kobo E-Reader Touch
- Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650BC
OK, you have your credit card in hand, you are ready to slide it through the purchase terminal, what will your choice be? Hmmm…before you enter your secret passcode and head home with your new device in hand, ask yourself, “Have I done my homework?” Will my device work best for me? That in the end is the only question that really demands your honest and forthright answer.